A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes and Frauds

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We may say that honesty is the best policy, but history to say nothing of business, politics, and the media suggests otherwise. In this infinitely citable book, the author of two bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts some of the greatest deceptions of all time. With what forged document did the Vatican lay claim to much of Europe? Who wrote Hitler s diaries? Why do millions still believe the vague doggerel that Nostradamus passed off as prophecy? Organizing his material by theme (con artists, the press, military trickery, scientific fraud, imposters, great escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in everything from the hoodwinking of Hitler to Vincent the Chin Gigante s thirty-year crazy act. A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy expose and celebration of mendacity.

A Treasury of Deception also includes:

  • Ten tricksters from scripture

  • Ten great liars in literature

  • Ten egregious examples of modern American doublespeak

  • Ten classic deceptions from Greek mythology

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Paperback. Pub Date :2005-5-1 Pages: 287 Publisher: Penguin We may say that honesty is the best policy. but history-to saynothing of business. politics. and the media-suggests otherwise Inthis infinitely citable book. the author. of two bestsellingtreasuries of scandal recounts some of the greatest deceptions ofall time. With what forged document did the Vatican lay claim tomuch of Europe Who wrote Hitler's diaries Why do millions stillbelieve the vague doggerel that Nostradamus passed off as prophecyOrganizing his material by theme (con artists . the press. militarytrickery. scientific fraud. imposters. great escapes. and more). Michael Farquhar takes in everything from the hoodwinking of Hitlerto Vincent the Chin Gigante's thirty-year crazy act. ATreasury of Deception is a zestful. gossipy expos- andcelebration-of mendacity.

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Michael Farquhar is a writer and editor at the Washington Post specializing in history. He is the author of the bestsellers A Treasury of Great American Scandals and A Treasury of Royal Scandals. He appeared on the History Channel s Russia, Land of the Tsars and will be featured on a forthcoming program about the French Revolution."

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